The Pseudo Olympian

Some Obscure Sporting Event

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have noticed that there’s a small sporting event going on at the moment over there in China. A little running, jumping, lifting, punching, tumbling and   swimming  by a few (thousand) athletic types. Apart from the fact that I subject my body to two weeks of sleep deprivation, the Olympics ranks right up there as one of my all-time fave things. So many stories. So much inspiration. So many examples of people maximising their talent, exploring their boundaries and overcoming adversity… and let’s be completely honest, doing some pretty freaky shit.

Peaking

As an alleged exercise expert, motivator bloke and Olympic junkie, there are many parallels between life and sport that become apparent to me as I marvel at the uber-athletes doing their thing. Have you noticed how athletes seem to find a way to perform like they never have before at the right time, on the right day, in the right place? Some of them will never perform like that again. Ever. Of course there are many explanations for this, both psychological and physiological. In the world of sport science we call this peaking. That is, preparing and tuning a body to perform optimally on a given day or over a limited period of time.

The athletes show up to Beijing, do what they do, and then they go home. And then they de-tune. Mentally, emotionally and physically. A month after the Olympics many of the athletes we’re watching right now will be very different specimens; fatter, slower, weaker and less focused. Decidedly less ‘Olympian’. Why? Because they will stop doing what they were doing leading up to (and during) the games. They need some down time and/or a drop in intensity in order to recover and avoid burnout, injury and exhaustion.

We Ain’t all Olympians

Unfortunately some of us non-Olympians seem to adopt the process of peaking with our own health and fitness endeavours. But not in a strategic, logical or athletic manner. That is, we spend a lifetime getting in and out of shape. We alternate between fit and fat. In the zone and off the rails. Disciplined and disinterested. Motivated and apathetic. We ignore logic and let our emotions dictate our behaviour. We start things that we know we won’t maintain over the long term. We know what to do but don’t do what we know. Not consistently anyway. We get in shape for events; weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and even summer (in search of the beach body). And then we get fat again.

From Fat to Fit… and Back to Fat

Years ago I trained a lady for a period of eight weeks leading up to her wedding. She lost about twelve kilos (26.5 lbs) during that time. Over the eight weeks I continually emphasised the need for her new pre-wedding behaviours to become life-long habits rather than some temporary phase. I knew my message was lost and realised that her intention was to peak for her wedding; look amazing on the day. And she did. On the designated day she looked beautiful and slim; just what she wanted. Two days after she returned from her honeymoon (a twelve day cruise) she came to see me. She walked through the door, saw me and started crying. She must have seen the look on my face. She looked like she had eaten her husband! I put her on the scales. She had gained nine kilos (20 lbs) in twelve days!! Quite the effort.

The Problem with Normal

So why did this happen? Well, the obvious explanation is that she simply stopped doing what worked (consistent exercise, quality nutrition, intelligent choices). She got on that boat and ate everything that wasn’t nailed down and did zero exercise. That’s the real-world, practical answer but in order for us to learn from her experience (and hopefully do different), we need to understand the psychology behind her behaviour. While she obviously changed her day to day behaviours for the eight weeks with me, what she hadn’t changed was her attitude and thinking on a deeper level. Consciously she was behaving differently (to look good for her wedding) but subconsciously she couldn’t wait for it all to be over, so she could go back to being ‘normal’. Normal being too much food, too little movement and her unhealthy lifestyle. Simple.

In her mind, the pre-wedding regime with me was always going to be a temporary thing. She never actually intended to create life-long change, she just wanted to look awesome for those photos. And if life was a photo that would have been a good plan. But it isn’t (a photo) and it wasn’t (a good plan). She was peaking for her Olympics. Which just happened to be in a pretty white dress.

Maybe some of us need to stop getting in shape for events and start getting in shape for life.

Just a thought.

Snips and Snails – What Little Boy Parties Should Be Made Of

The specifics of a party should be based on the individual child. If the children are having a boys only party, it will allow more freedom choosing the activities as opposed to a party of boys and girls. If the activities taking place at the party include the boys getting dirty, it is advisable to include that in the invites. That will give the parents of the guests an option of either bringing a change of clothing or to let the child wear clothes that can get dirty. When organizing the activities it is important too for the parent to not only includes activities that his son will like but also what might appeal to other children as well. This will help when it comes to preparing party gift bags and the activity options for the children in the course of the party. If the party has a theme, the invites can be inline with the theme of the party to get the kids into the mood of the party.

Boys are very active people and can get bored easily. That is why it is important to include many different types of activities in order to make sure everyone is enjoying himself. There are some parties which include wildlife like snakes, reptiles and other animals. This can be arranged by calling the wildlife or animal rescue organization and inquire if they could come to give talks and show the animals as well. This allows the children not only to see but also to learn and interact with the animals. This will capture the attention of many children because it is not everyday that they get to experience and see all those animals and to hear stories about them. Goodie bags handed out should contain prizes that go along with the different ideas that kept the children entertained throughout the party.

Boys have boundless energy. That is why it is important to offer the children something that allows them to expend their energy. Scavenger and treasure hunts are some activities that boys will like. Sports like relay races, passing the baton, football, and basketball are all favorite games, which allow them to be active and get some exercise as well. However, when sports like these are played, it is important to monitor the level of competition that exists between the children because sometimes it can get out of hand. You can always enlist another adult to help you to chaperone them. By incorporating all these options into a party, parents stand a greater chance of success when it comes to keeping children happy.

How To Reduce Fear Among Children When Visiting the Pediatrician

Without a doubt, a trip to the pediatrician can be a traumatic experience for children. Chances are, there is something physically wrong or even worse, they need to receive the oh-so-dreaded shot. Or perhaps the doctor is viewed as a big and scary figure who will only make the pain worse. Keeping children calm at the doctor’s office presents possibly the greatest challenge of the whole experience. It is only fair and expected that doctors and nurses respect the angst that routine check-ups may cause children. Keep in mind that a fear of the doctor isn’t childish or dumb, but it is unsafe and can ultimately carry over into adulthood. Not only should we strive for comfort at a young age, but we should focus on building a foundation that supports anxiety-free doctor’s visits for a lifetime.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a parenting style that encourages and recognizes good behavior with words, smiles, and hugs. Parents should more so be guiding their children to positive behavior rather than using punishments or threats. Sticking to this parenting logic, visits to the doctor should not be punishments for children or brought on in a negative manner.

No matter how old the child is, prepare your child in advance for procedures or shots that they me receiving. Try to comfort them while also being honest. If your child is fearful of a shot, explain to them how it will help them and will decrease their chances of becoming sick. Under any circumstances, or no matter how upset you are with them, never use a shot or a doctor’s visit as a threat for bad behavior.

Not only can you try to prepare children before the doctor, but you can also be with them through the process. Treat them like you would in the comfort of their own home – read them a kids book or tell them stories during painful times of the exam. In some cases, children feel better hugging their parent during fearful parts or when the shot is given. If doctor’s allow, let your older children choose where the injection will take place providing them a sense of control. If guided honestly and comfortably by their parents, children are more likely to feel at ease during a doctor’s visit.

Additionally, pediatric doctors and nurses have the ability to comfort children through their own experiences in addition to their training. A good technique for doctors is to tell stories and explain the reasons for certain procedures. Sometimes they can also educate the child if they are interested and old enough to understand.

It goes without saying that children are highly aware and respond to their surrounds therefore it is important to keep the setting in mind. Doctor offices can invest in medical furniture such as Pedia Pals to create a child-friendly scene. Pedia Pals offers a variety of exam tables designed to entertain children, while keeping them safe. Simple instruments such as stethoscopes can also be designed vibrantly with bright colors and animal faces to distract children without compromising quality.

Ultimately, with the combination of at-home preparation and some effort from the doctor’s office, children can experience the pediatrician calmly and anxiety-free.

Is Your Child Heading For Obesity?

In this day and age there are so many more activities available for children to play indoors. With the advent of mainly television and video games more and more children are happy to sit glued to these devices rather than going out playing and getting exercise. As a result of this sedentary lifestyle that many kids adopt from a young age, the number of children becoming obese is growing. So how can you spot if your child is falling into the trap and is heading for obesity? Well, typically there will be a number of warning signs to look out for:

1. Food. This is the number one cause people think of when you mention obesity – and for good reason. Do not worry about how much your child eats, rather it is important to keep an eye out for what choices they make. Do they prefer fruit or biscuits as a snack? Do they eat between meals? Are desserts eaten at all times of the day? Almost all children have a very sweet tooth and so enjoy sugary treats but these as with anything should be eaten in moderation.

2. Lethargic. If your child rarely or never goes out for physical exercise the likelihood is that hey are not consuming the correct vitamins required for energy and growth. If they spend all day rooted in front of the television screen or the computer then this is probably they are the only activities they feel like doing. A child can’t be forced to go out and do exercise if they feel too lethargic so the first step is to eat a healthy diet.

3. Sleep. Children and adults tend to sleep more when they are low on energy as sleep helps the body recuperate. So if your child tends not to surface until midday or after then, again, they are missing out on vital vitamins and nutrients. Also, although outdoor exercise is indeed tiring it does energize the body and gives exposure to the Sun which provides vitamin D.

Preventing your child becoming obese means watching for the signs and encouraging your child towards healthier options. Getting them interested early on in healthy foods and exercise will mean a much happier and longer life for your child.

Fun Golf Holidays in France

So you are deciding where to go on holiday and you are not quite sure what you want to do? Well if you want a fun, lazy and great holiday then I would definitely recommend taking one of the many golf holidays out there. There are so many to choose from and you can take friends or family that do not even like golf because there is always so much to do.

Just because the title is golf holidays it doesn’t mean that that is all that goes on there, golf holidays can be for all the family. Many people want to get away to a warmer climate and just relax, swim in the swimming pool and eat out at nice restaurants, this can all be achieved if you are on a golf holiday.

You don’t have to drag your friends or family around the gold course with you, you can let them get on with whatever they want while you chill out and play a relaxing game of golf on a beautiful course somewhere in Europe or even out of Europe. There are brilliant courses all over the world which you will not want to leave once you have started playing on them.

But remember there are so many other activities and things for you to do on golf holidays, so you will never be stuck for something to do. Most resorts come with swimming pools, relaxing spas, bars and restaurants and many other different facilities. If you are deciding on taking your whole family on holiday including younger children then fear not you are going to be able to leave them in the great hands of the resort in the many of the kids clubs that they have available. There are so many different activities for the kids to get on with that they will forget that you are even there for your golf holidays.

Also as well as many resorts having amazing facilities you are going to love the night life that is around some of these places, whether you want a quite night in or a mad night out I’m pretty sure that you are going to be able to find the perfect night out. Some resorts even let you take a night golf session. This is amazing in the twilight you are able to do a round of golf as the sun is setting. This is one of the most extraordinary golf holidays that you can take part in, also in a beautiful country.

Whether you go to Ireland or the USA it is pretty certain that you are going find golf holidays that match your needs, there are some amazing golf courses out there for you to go and try. So why not go out there and try a few of them, it cant hurt to keep playing more and more golf. If you love the sport then once you have started travelling around playing on different courses you will not want to stop and will probably end up making all of your holidays into golf holidays.

Sauna Or Steam Bath Which Is Healthier?

A Sauna is a Finnish hot air bath. The word sauna is derived from the Finnish word for dry heat bath. The terms steam bath, steam shower and steam sauna often get confused with one another, yet they do not mean the same thing. The first difference begins with how they are heated.

The traditional sauna uses electric, wood or gas-fired heaters. The second type of sauna is the infrared sauna. The infrared sauna uses radiant heat which heats the occupants rather than the air. In the traditional sauna the air is heated but it is a dry heat. This is why the sauna is also called a dry hot-air bath.

In a steam bath it is moist heat. The steam bath uses a steam generator. The sauna has very low humidity, whereas the steam bath has high humidity. In a steam bath the steam builds up to create a humidity level of around 100%. Because of the humidity factor the heat in the sauna is far higher than that of the steam bath. The difference in temperature can be anywhere from 40°C to 60°C.

The health benefits of either depend upon what you want. Both steam baths and sauna are good to unwind and relax. They both help to cleanse by sweating. They are both good for blood circulation.

The dry heat of the sauna can make it uncomfortable for some people to breathe. Those with respiratory problems may prefer the moist heat of the steam bath. The inhalation of steam is often used for treating bronchitis and allergies. Therefore those who wish to treat respiratory problems will benefit more from steam baths.

A sauna detoxifies but it also refreshes and revitalizes your body. In general saunas are easier to build and require less material and labor than a steam bath. Both can be affordable and may add monetary value to your home.

Looking For Exercise Equipment? Choose a Treadmill If You Like to Run

People often ask me why I always choose the indoor treadmill when I buy new home exercise equipment. You would think that after some many years pounding away on my treadmill that I would eventually feel like making a change and go for something different to brighten things up.

I can understand why someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy exercise or doesn’t train for a particular sport would want to change things up every so often. Me on the other hand, I love to run. To be honest I think running is in my blood, I really don’t know what I would do without it.

Although I prefer to run outdoors whenever possible, during the winter months the thought of getting out in the freezing weather doesn’t often appeal. Having a treadmill in my house is a saviour during these months and if I didn’t have it I would be a shadow of my former self by the time spring came back round if I couldn’t get my workouts done on my trusty exercise machine.

So if you’re like me and you love to run then I believe you should be looking to get a treadmill whenever you are in the market for a new exercise device. To keep in top shape in a particular movement you need to be practicing that specific movement. There is surprisingly little crossover effect when you train on say a rower or stepper and if you find yourself using these exercise machines instead of a treadmill you will lose far more of your conditioning during the off-season.

For many people choosing exercise equipment throws up all sort of difficult questions but if you are a runner you’re lucky because you don’t have any decisions to make.

Museums and the Marathon Man

The Washington Post article by Christopher Ingraham (June 13th, 2014) says it all “There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonald’s – combined.” Quite accurately we think of museums as important cultural and educational institutions; however, they are also quiet superstars of the entertainment industry. According to The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), with over 800 million live visits annually, their attendance exceeds that of all theme parks and major sporting events combined. But America’s museums are much more than popular and numerous; they are cultural and educational gems that play a vital role. They are community elders that tell the stories of our American neighborhoods. Mamie Bittner with The Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) stated in the Washington Post article:

“Many of these institutions, particularly in small towns and rural areas, are historical societies and history museums. We are in love with our history – at a very grassroots level we care for the histories of our towns, villages and counties,”

The story of how I came to visit and admire so many small museums begins nearly eight years ago when I faced a scary scenario. Diagnosed with prostate cancer my doctor’s instructions were clear and blunt. “We caught this thing very early; lose some weight but by year’s end take care of this.” Taking care of this meant either an operation or radiation. He was confident that either procedure would be sufficient; nevertheless, I was scared as hell. When you hear that diagnosis, “you have cancer”, a thousand things race through your mind all at once, yet somehow the whole world stops at the same time. What are the treatment options… I have to research each treatment… I have to research the surgeons… what if I don’t make it… what happens to my wife… what happens to my family… I want this thing out of me… how do you research this stuff… I want this done before the end of the year… why me… why not me. My mind was racing, racing, racing. Who do I tell? When do I tell them? Should I tell them? My mind was just racing, racing, racing.

It was June 2010. I was 54 years old, a professor, husband and father. Earlier that year my wife had been hospitalized for 34 days. Should I tell my wife? Would this aggravate her condition? She was already worried about being unemployed. Do I tell her? Our three sons were all in high school and doing reasonably well; the oldest would start college in the fall. Out of worry would my oldest boy forgo his athletic scholarship to stay home with his ailing parents? Even if he did go to college, if he knew I was battling cancer how would this affect him academically? Who should I tell? Do I tell my boys? Do I tell everyone? Do I tell no one?

I once heard somewhere that “we grow up and become our parents.” How true that is. Although it didn’t occur to me at the time, I’d seen this situation play out before in 1969; I was 12. One day my dad asked me to come with him to his doctor. This was strange; he had never asked me to go to a doctor with him before. We went to St. Nicholas Park, Mount Morris Park, Central Park, baseball games, museums and grocery stores. On Sundays we walked to newsstands to buy the New York Times and Daily News. Afterwards we’d come back home and eat big southern style Sunday breakfasts – smothered chicken, smothered pork chops, grits, gravy and biscuits, never rolls – always biscuits. We did a lot, but he had never asked me to go to a doctor with him. I should have known that something was up, but I didn’t.

The doctor’s appointment took place on an early evening. The office was located on the first floor of an apartment building and it was dark outside. I sat in the waiting area while my dad met privately with the doctor. That day his doctor told him he had six months to live. My dad a tall, quiet, dignified WWII vet said nothing. We went home and he acted as if nothing had happened. He kept it all to himself. Yet twenty one years later, and long after his doctor had died, my dad was still alive. He told no one this frightening secret for all of those years. Finally, in 1990 he spoke with me about what had happened on that day way back in 1969. When I asked him why he hadn’t said anything he had a classic answer, “Hell, I wasn’t gonna die to just to make the doctor look good.” To this day I still don’t know if he ever told anyone else.

In 2010, 41 years after my dad was told he had six months to live and said nothing to the family, I became my dad – absent the courage and dignity of the WWII vet. Initially I told no one. I did however listen to my doctor’s advice and began power-walking aggressively to lose the weight. I weighed 308 pounds. This was the beginning of a journey. Little did I know it would transform my health, my body and to a great degree my soul.

I elected for a robotic prostatectomy as treatment. Recognizing that I would be hospitalized for several days I was forced to say something to my wife. Every married man knows that disappearing for several days without telling your wife is a guaranteed death sentence; cancer is only potentially lethal. We sat down on the living room sofa on a Sunday around 7pm. It was the evening before I’d be admitted to the hospital. This scenario gave her very little time to dwell on the matter; I had to be at the hospital early the next day. As I had feared, she broke down and began to cry and as soon I uttered the word cancer. We agreed not to tell our sons; we both thought it might cause them to worry.

Fortunately the operation was a success. Neither chemotherapy nor radiation was required. Several months later I resumed my power-walking. Over time a routine evolved. I prefer walking outdoors in parks (no matter the temperature) to treadmills and tracks, mornings are better than evenings, warmups last 5 – 7 minutes, weekday walks last 45 – 50 minutes, weekend sessions last a minimum of 90 minutes and finally, almost all sessions end with 7- 8 minutes of stretching. I walk 4 times per week during cold months and 4 – 5 times per week during warm months, I also found a very reliable partner, music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. My partner also gets along fabulously with an ancient Sony Walkman. Who knows, perhaps this partner is my subconscious whispering to remind me of long lost youth.

While I do not claim to be a very religious person, being outdoors in parks (which are after all tiny forests) sweating, breathing and among the general splendor of God’s nature is often a spiritual event. The cancer has now been gone for nearly eight years. Over that time 70 pounds have melted away and my diabetes seems to have disappeared, or at the very least be well controlled. Along the way I began to enter races; I power-walk but compete against runners. Half marathons (13.1 miles) and 10Ks (6.2 miles) are my favorites. Being somewhat vain, before entering my first race I checked the times of the runners to make sure I would not finish last. At first I entered local races. Later a colleague, who is a runner, told me about the Philadelphia “Love Marathon” which I competed in. This lead me to research races in other locations. Now, I travel to participate I races. However, journeying to different cities only to participate in a single race seemed hardly to be an efficient use of time and travel. I needed another activity to compliment the racing. This is how I developed an interest in small museums.

I had some experience with researching museums. Years ago I had begun exploring museums as field trip venues for high school students. At the time I supervised a college program that provided various activities for at-risk high school students. The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) provided a great deal of information for our program. Later, as I began to look for museums in the cities and towns I would be racing in, AAM and several other museum related organizations such as The Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) and Museums of the World (MOW) have become valuable resources. One fact that immediately became clear is that America is the undisputed museum capitol of the world. According to MOW there were an estimated 55,000 museums located in 202 countries in 2014. IMLS, (a U.S. agency) states there are 35,144 active museums in the United States alone. Assuming these data are accurate, over 63% of the world’s museums are located in America. The IMLS 2012-16 Strategic Plan points out “There are more than 4.5 billion objects held in public trust by museums, libraries, archives and other institutions in the U.S.”

My articles will attempt to capture some of the fascinating stories, color, history, myths and life that are the marrow of America’s small museums. I hope you will join me. Coming soon wax, warships and a poet named Wadsworth.

What to Do to Be a Fitness Model?

Most people who want to join the modeling industry say ‘I want to be a model’, without really thinking it through. The truth is that becoming any kind of model is not that simple. This industry is very brutal, and one of the most difficult areas to get into is fitness modeling. One needs to keep up certain body shapes and fitness levels. Before one can say ‘I want to be a fitness model’, he or she should be aware of various facts. For instance, taking up a role as one of these models does not pay as well as most other types of modeling. However, one gains a lot of exposure doing commercials, presentations and photo shoots to be featured in magazines.

You should know a few facts about a fitness model

1. A girl just dressed in fitness clothes is not a fitness model.

2. Wearing gym gear does not make you one.

3. Exercising for just two months does not make you one.

4. A girl who has been photographed is not one.

5. A fitness model is different from a playboy or swimwear model.

6. He is different from a catwalk model who markets sports collections.

7. He is different from a bodybuilder training to take part in bodybuilding contest. A fitness model does not need to go through various training stages such as muscle bulking.

Characteristics of a one of these models

1. A person who not only looks healthy but fit as well, with a muscle definition, and athletic or feminine, attractive, athletic body shape, commercial look and a great smile.

2. Works out in a gym and takes part in various sport activities.

3. Someone who lives a healthy lifestyle.

4. Fitness models are hired to promote fitness clothes, equipment, and other products, or take an actively and constant involvement in the fitness industry.

5. They have a smooth tone and keep up great shape all year-round, ready to go to work any time.

What it takes to be one

1. Proper Diet

2. Consistent training

3. Time management

4. Willpower

5. Dedication

6. Discipline

7. Healthy lifestyle

8. Being an excellent role model

9. Taking rejection positively

10. Setting goals and having a plan

11. Clear vision

How to get started

An excellent way to get the attention of modeling agencies is to take part in as many bodybuilding and fitness contents as possible. Another way is to try sending your pictures and information to magazines. Interact with as many people as possible in this industry. This includes talking to agents, sponsors and other fitness models. One should also market him or herself as a product or service, if there is any to offer. One should know what he or she wants and how to get it.

Packing and Safety Ideas for Camping with Young Kids

When heading to the great outdoors on a camping trip with your children, you need to keep in mind that camping with kids is a whole different experience then just packing some clothes and food. Depending on your children’s ages, you will need to consider packing some extra items to help make their vacation and your vacation a positive experience.

If you are traveling with small babies or infants, you should make a list of everything that you use at home on a daily basis with them and plan to pack a majority of those things for the trip. You can’t just go with a diaper bag. You will need a port-a-crib or pack-n-play for naps and nighttime. If they love to hang out in a bouncy seat or their swing, that should go in the car too. Pack a bag full of different types of toys from chew toys to books to squeaky hand-held toys. Take things you know they love and that give them comfort. If they use a pacifier, pack 2-3 extra pacifiers. You don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere only to discover that you can find it. If they have a favorite snuggly or blanket, pack that as well.

There will be a lot of new things to look at in the environment, but you know your baby’s needs. If they are content to just sit and look around, great. If they aren’t, then you need plenty to fill there time. Don’t forget a baby backpack or frontpack so that you can carry your child on hikes and remain hands free.

If you are traveling with toddlers in the 1-3 year stage, you still need to consider what they do in a typical day and what you should take with you. Take some of their favorite toys, but also buy a couple new things to introduce when you get to the destination. Stacking cups, alphabet blocks, stacking blocks and books are all good, new toys that will keep them occupied. Take activity toys that they can use to explore their environment. Shovels and buckets for rocks, sand, dirt and water can literally occupy a small child for hours. Sometimes you just have to move them from one side of the campsite to the other and it is like a whole new world for them.

Pre-Schoolers through kindergarten age kids are a little easier to take camping. They are better able to amuse themselves and are more inquisitive about things that they see. You should take along games for them. Books about the outdoors are a great thing to have at this age. You can explore your surroundings and learn about the vegetation, birds and animals together. Take crayons and paper so they can draw pictures about what they see. Have them tell you a story about what they did that day or make up a story about a squirrel family that you see.

All kids should have some sort of identification with them in case they get lost. Include your name, address and cell and home telephone numbers. You should also include an emergency number of someone who is not camping with you since cell phones don’t always work in remote areas. First aid kits should include child friendly supplies. Each child should have their own flashlight. They make great toys and are good for night walks. Reflective clothing for nighttime is important as well. Take extra clothing and plenty of warm clothing for children as children tend to get their clothes dirtier than adults and they tend to get colder quicker.

If your children are not close in age, consider taking along a friend for each of them or traveling with another family that has children. This will keep them from being bored and they will have someone else to share in their exploring and fun.

It is well worth planning ahead when going camping with children. It helps them to have a fun time filled with new and exciting things and the things that they love and give them comfort. By helping them to enjoy their camping trip to the fullest, you will also help yourself to have an enjoyable camping trip as well.